Bryter Estates Amoroso 2013 – 90 Pts.


On a recent trip to California wine country, Sonja and I swung into the town of Sonoma to hit up a few more tasting rooms before dinner on the last day of our trip. As is our custom, at every tasting room we visited we would ask the attendant where they would go next, and usually try to take their more experienced advice. Guided by a local merchant, our last stop of the evening was the tasting room of Bryter Estates. And last night, when we had friends over to watch Nashville, we pulled this bottle out.

The 2013 Bryter Estates Amoroso is as velvety smooth as a dry red wine can be, boasting pronounced notes of vanilla and blueberry in addition to bright cherry, supported by a firm tannic structure. Beautifully colored, artfully crafted, and elegantly balanced, it paired well with charcuterie and disappeared quickly. Seemingly made-to-drink, I don’t think I’d cellar it for more than another three to five years, even if I possessed such self restraint (and I don’t).

With a production of only 400 cases, the 2013 Amoroso is a very enjoyable wine. It scores 90 points on my scale, and makes me look forward to trying more wines from Bryter Estates soon.

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